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Thread: Connecting wires to switch, dumb electrical question

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    Connecting wires to switch, dumb electrical question

    The two terminals on my switch look like this How do I connect wires to them? Solder? or are there connectors i can buy?

    Also, how many amps is a car battery?
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    go to any automotive store and they will have 1/4" crimp on connectors like this in a kit with some pliers and other connectors, get one of those(around 12 USD) and youll have all you need. Just strip the wire a bit 1/4" or so, slide it into the approprate sized connector and crimp it with the pliers.
    A car battery CAN supply 200+amps of power when short circuted. However your alternator on your car cannot! just for a refrence an 300W inverter will pull ~30 amps at full draw and your ALT should be able to handel this without much dificulty.
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    Will radioshack have it?
    Silver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder!
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    - 550mhz PIII on Abit BH6
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    - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
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    Use a tool like this :Wire-Crimping Tool Set

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    Yes they should have one of the kits, the reason I said an automotive store is usually they are cheaper there and of equal quality.
    Justin Stiltner
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    Do I really need this whole kit? Im just going to be doing this one switch.
    Silver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder!
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    Everything working! Mobile MP3s ROCK!
    LEFT TO DO: Improve power on circuit, fix slow boot time

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    - 17 key numeric keypad - Repainted buttons
    - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
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    well...
    probally not,
    if its just 2 connectors.. you could crimp it with normal pliers, but I wouldent trust the crimp. The kit will also give you a wire stripper, crimper, and small bolt cutter as well as lots of other connectors that you will use if you ever do any electrical on your car.
    Justin Stiltner
    Truck :1993 Ford Ranger Splash 4.0L
    System : Pioneer HU and Factory replacement speakers
    Puter :Pentium OCed to 133Mhz and win 95 with a whistler power inverter and crystalfontz 20x4 lcd(soon to be motorized) and winamp
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    So what connectors do i need if I dont get the kit?

    I have this switch BTW. Think it's enough to switch the power to my 300w inverter?
    Silver 1999 Nissan Pathfinder!
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    - 17 key numeric keypad - Repainted buttons
    - 2.1GB laptop drive for OS
    - 4.3GB drive for MP3s

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    if you're still confused as to what you need, here's a link on radioshack's site

    quick disconnects

    at least I think this is what ure seaching for.
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    If you don't draw more than 250w from the inverter that switch will be fine. You could use a relay if you need a higher current, but that's just making things more complicated.

    Best regards,
    Matthew

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